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tv   Road to the White House 2020 Rep. Tulsi Gabbard at Rainbow PUSH Coalition...  CSPAN  July 2, 2019 12:49am-1:04am EDT

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ames, iowa. a.m., south bend indiana mayor pete buttigieg speaks at the rainbow push coalition convention in chicago, illinois. later at 5:30 p.m., supreme court justice ruth bader ginsburg speaks at an event hosted by georgetown university. announcer: now, democratic presidential candidate representative tulsi gabbard of hawaii speaks at the rainbow push convention in chicago over the weekend. this is 10 minutes. [applause] rep. gabbard: aloha. >> aloha. rep. gabbard: good morning. reverend jackson, thank you so much for inviting me here to join you. i saw him at the south carolina democratic convention, and he said, you have to come to chicago this weekend.
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i said, roger that. i will be there. bishop forrest smith, thank you so much for hosting us in your church, for your leadership and your service and your kind hospitality. i appreciate the leadership that all of you bring here this weekend. a leadership focused on justice, on service, and on fighting for people, fighting for humanity, fighting for our planet. i grew up in hawaii, and i grew up in a multi-faith family. my dad is catholic and my mom is hindu. i am the fourth of five kids. and at night, we would often hear bedtime stories from the new testament as well as the bhagavad gita. the core message that i got from both of these scriptures was the message of love for god and love for others. one of my favorite verses comes
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from matthew 22. -- matthew chapter 22. i know you know this well. "love the lord your god with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might." the first and greatest commandment. the second is to love your neighbor as yourself. >> yes. rep. gabbard: so, in hawaii, you hear a lot about aloha. we greet each other with aloha, but it is not because it is a word that means hello or goodbye. it is a word that is so much more powerful. aloha is love. when i greet you with aloha, what i am saying is that i come to you with an open heart, with love, with respect, with compassion, and a recognition that we are all god's children, we are all connected. and there is so much strength that comes from that aloha, that
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love that cannot ever be mistaken for weakness. because there is no force more powerful than love. it is not just a feeling, it is a force that motivates us to take action, to take care of one another, to fight for those we love. it is love that drives a firefighter to go and run into a burning building to save the life of a total stranger. it is love that drives a mother to run into oncoming traffic to save the life of her child. it is love that inspires a soldier to put their life on the line, out of love for our people and love for our country. it is that love that inspires us to take care of each other. it is that love that has the power to heal our wounds, to build those bridges, to cross those divides, and to unite us
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as one people, as one nation. dr. king came and visited hawaii in 1959. while he was there, he shared some powerful words. he said, to our state legislature, we look to you for inspiration and as a noble example, where you have already accomplished the area of racial harmony and justice, what we are struggling to accomplish in other sections of the country. he said, you can never know what it means to those of us who are caught for the moment in the tragic and often dark midnight of man's inhumanity to man. to come to a place where we see the glowing daybreak of freedom and dignity and racial justice. when he left hawaii and went home, he said, as i looked at those various faces and various colors mingled together like the waters of the sea, i could see only one face, the face of the future.
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his call to action to all of us was very clear. that we will stand together, and together, we will get to that promised land. he called for us to stand united in that love, motivated by that care for each other to build that bright future together. and we have no time to waste. as the reverend mentioned, i served as a major in the army national guard, and i have served as a soldier for over 16 years, and deployed twice to the middle east. my first appointment was to iraq in 2005, which was during the height of the war, where we saw the high human cost of war every single day. our camp, where we were based, was 40 miles north of baghdad,
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and was nicknamed "mortar-itaville" because of the daily mortar attacks we endured. there was a big sign at one of the gates to our camp that i saw within the first couple of days of getting there, and in big block letters, that sign read, "is today the day?" "is today the day?" it was a stark reminder every single day that we were there that any day could be our last. and it was a reminder for me to ask myself, what am i doing with my life? how am i making the most of the time that i have? and that reality that we faced there is the same reality that each of us faces here. that same question is the same question we must ask ourselves, because we have no time to waste. there is so much at stake, because our brothers and sisters are suffering, struggling just
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to survive, dealing with a so-called health care system that is actually a sick care system. a health care system that is built so the big insurance and big pharmaceutical companies can fulfill their greed and exploit the sick just to expand their profits. we have families that are being torn apart, lives are being ruined by a failed war on drugs, and a broken criminal justice system that favors the rich and punishes the poor. we have greedy corporations who are polluting our land, who are poisoning our waters, who are polluting the air that we breathe with no concern for our health, our children, or our future. we have too many leaders who have for so long been dragging
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us into these wasteful regime change wars, one after the other, costing us so many lives, taking trillions of dollars out of every one of our pockets to pay for these wasteful wars, to pay for this new cold war and arms race, dollars that belong here in rebuilding our own communities. [applause] rep. gabbard: this is why i am running for president, to end this insanity, to end these wasteful regime change wars, this new cold war and arms race, and make sure our precious resources, your tax dollars, are going back into investing and serving your needs, serving the needs of our people, because you deserve a president who will fight for you, who will put your interests ahead of the rich and powerful, who will put the interest of the people ahead of profits, people ahead from
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-- ahead of politics, who will fight for the people on our planet above anything else. i will bring a soldier's heart to the white house, bringing these values of service above self, the principles of respect and honor, integrity and courage to the presidency so that our white house can be the beacon of light it must be for every single american. as we usher in a new century of peace and prosperity, where you and your children, your loved ones, can live free from fear of a nuclear war, where any american who is sick can get the care that they need, where every one of us can have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink, where every one of us is treated equally, regardless of the color of our skin or the way that we worship or who we love. so, i am here asking you to join me in building this new century that truly fulfills the promise of our country. that promise of freedom and
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justice and equality for every single american. in hawaii, we say, ke akua me ke aloha, which means god bless you. and god bless america. thank you so much. aloha. thank you. [applause] ♪ ♪
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announcer: road the white house continues with mayor pete addressing thet rainbow bridge coalition. watch it live thursday on c-span2. it's also available online or on the radio app. his latest fundraising report indicates that he raised almost $25 million in the second quarter of this year, the largest announced amount of any of the presidential candidates so far. and beto o'rourke will be meeting voters at a supporter's home in ames, iowa. over the weekend he made a campaign stop in the mexican border town, and held a roundtable with asylum-seekers from central america. live coverage is at 7:00 eastern here on c-span. it will also be on our website
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and radio app. trump willpresident speak at the fourth of july celebration at the lincoln memorial in washington. several hundred service personnel are slated to participate, primarily from military bands and drill teams. the event will also include military flyovers, including air force one and the navy blue angels. watch on independence day, live starting at 6:15 p.m. eastern here on c-span. >> there has been discussion about an appearance before congress. any testimony from his office would not go beyond our report. it contains our findings and analysis and the reasons for the decisions we made. we chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself. the report is my testimony. i would not provide information beyond that which is already
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public in any appearance before congress. announcer: formal special counsel robert mueller is expected to appear before to committees of congress, the house judiciary committee in the house intelligence committee, on wednesday, july 17. he will testify in open session about his report into russian interference in the 2016 election. watch left coverage on c-span3, online at, or listen with the free c-span radio app. announcer: current and former federal and state judges, including charles breyer, the brother of supreme court justice stephen breyer, talked about the human side of their jobs. the 90 minute event took place at the university of california berkeley law school, and was cohosted by the national constitution center. my name is terminally -- jeremy. i have been here for a little


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